New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 17, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 pages in two sections ■ Friday. January 17. 1997
CL PASO, TX 79903
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of
Vol 145, No 47
Birthday wishas from th# Hrald ZaBuwgl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: babel Velez (18 years old), Elsa Houghton (Saturday), Gail Dofle (Saturday), Lucille McDavid-Neuse (Saturday), Jerry Settee! (Saturday), Dennis Peek (Saturday), Morris Smith, Lee Schultz, Ashley Bird (13 years old, Saturday), Josua McWilliams (8 years old, Saturday), Dorothy Brinkkocter (Saturday), Thefana J. Lee (85 years old, Saturday), Ernst F. Katie (81 years old), Heather Fest (Saturday), Agnes SchoeUman, April Tschoepe, Sheri Williams, Jason Barth, Antonia Medina, Sonia Medina, Davy Gonzales (5 years old). Amelia Ortiz, Herm!-na Medina..
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Rudy and Gloria Castro.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, coli 625-9144.
Mold —566 Mountain Cader —112
(Poton maraud rn parti par cube malar al air information provided by Dr Frank Hampai.)
Comal River — 204 cubic feat par second, down lour (rom Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon VVel — 623.50 feet above see level, same.
Canyon Dem discharge —170 cfs Canyon Lake inflow—230 cfs Canyon Lake level — OO010 feet above aaa level. (Above conservation pool.)
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NBD reports pumping 2.442 mtton pions of surface waler Thursday, and 3.443 melon gator* of we! water were used
tickets on sal#
Tickets for the 78th Annual New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Meeting and Banquet set for Jan. 24 at the Civic Center remain on sale until Friday.
The theme for the banquet is “Invest \M9ety... It's Your Business."
Highlights will include multiple audiovisuals and award presentations including the Besserung Award winner This “citizen of the year" award is kept secret until the time of the presentation and is awarded each year to a person who has made a significant contribution to the community.
The event is usually a sell-out so get your tickets early.
Call the Chamber office at 625-2385 for more information
Tmm Tomorrow Fund
The Comptroller s Office is offering brochures and applications for the Texas Tomorrow Fund.
The program allows Texas families to provide for their children’s future college education at a current fixed cost
The current enrollment period ends Feb 18, 1997.
For more information or an application. contact the Texas Tomorrow Fund at (800) 445-GRAD (4723). or Rep Edmund Kuenrv pel s office at (512) 463D602
National Jaycoa Wook un dor way
The New Braunfels Jaycees are celebrating Jaycee Week through Saturday.
Make a world of difference right here at home by joining the Jaycees
For more information join us at 8 p.m. Jan 25 at the Coma County Fairgrounds, music by the Texas Knights, or call 606-4747. There is a$5 cover charge
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Schmidt building nears approval for historical status
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When Ute Eickenhorit began work as a aile* cleric far the Jacob Schmidt and Co. clothing store on June 16, 1955, he knew very few people.
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For about 75 years, the building, 193 W, Sn Antonio agreed as one rf die most rtLwhino mmom in die New*
The building, whose first Boor now the Attic Antiquity retail and the remaining two floors are teased as offices, is in die precess rf grfrfga historical ijffignatipn (rom. the City Council after earning favor* abb lecommendbbon* front the Planning Commission and die Historic Lindowk Commission this pest ysv.
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riel and weseomiRicted somedme in (he 1800s, said Eone Lambert, one rf the owners. It first served as the Phoenix Saloon at a tune when New Braunfels we* said to hive bad about 20 saloons in the city limits.
Willie Gephardt operated the restaurant where he created bb famous Gephardt Chili Powder in 18% and canned his first chili con came in 1908.
The building was complete with push buttons at the tables that activated brite to call waiters. A beer garden was (orated in the bock rf the building where ladies gathered, since the times discouraged them to enter saloons.
Lambert said the beer garden
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in 1925 and immediaiely renovated (be Ant floor into a clothing store, which many local residents worked in
until 1995 when the current owner* bought the building.
The building probably is best remembered locally as the Jacob Schmidt clothing store that served New Braunfels and neighboring cities, owners said.
Jacob was a traveling salesman who fir* opened the ckrtteng Mote in 1910 across the street from the Schmidt building.
The store was dubbed “Neirnan-by Houston lesideols who woraimpreiised by the store’s service.
After Jacob’s death in 1956, his
son, Max, took over management of the store until he sold it to Lintz Department Store, who then sold it to Dunlap Co. before the current owners bought it about two years ago.
Eickenhoift said he visits the building about once a month to fondly remember his years working there.
“It sends back the good, of feelings,” said Eickenhont, whose clients included Sam Houtfon Johnson, Lyndon Brines Johnson’s brother. *1 had a lot of customers Back then I knew a lot of the local people.”
Commissioners OK combining CA, DA office^
By DENISE DZIUK
* In a 4-1 vote Thursday morning, the Comal County Commissioners approv ed plans to ask the sta»e Legislature to grant them the power to abolish the county attorney’s office and combine it with the district attorney’s office.
County Attorney Bill Reinter ran on a campaign of consolidation and won the November elections. District Attorney Dib Waldrip supported the plan, and in November, discussions began. Waldrip came back before the court in December and addressed the commissioners concerns. At that time. County Judge Carter Casteel directed him to bring the issue back to the court
when he felt he had the support he wanted.
Waldrip stated his case to the commissioners one final time Thursday. He said the county’s population is increasing steadily, with little sign of slowing down. Waldrip said consolidation was one way to continue to offer quality services at a reasonable cost.
“That is in fact my thrust,” said Waldrip. “Consolidation is about tomorrow, not just about today.... The question I pose to you today is how are we going to serve the 120 to 140,000 people (in 2002).”
Waldrip told the commissioners the savings of consolidating the two offices under one criminal district attorney depends on the level of services the
county wants to maintain. However, he said savings was not the issue, and Commissioner Danny Scheel agreed. “I think his is one additional way Comal County can lead the way in providing superior services for citizens in the county,” said Scheel. “lf we save money, that's an added benefit.”
Commissioner Cristina Zamora said she favored consolidation as long as the employees and the citizens were not hurt by combining the offices. Commissioner Jack Dawson said he voted in favor of the move because that is what his constituents wanted.
Casteel, who voiced these same concerns in earlier meetings, said most of the concerns had been addressed.
“It sounds like with everyone’s com
mitment, we have tried to solve any problems anyone had personally,’’ said Casteel. “Even though I couldn't have said this three or four weeks ago. I feel comfortable with this.”
Commissioner Moe Schwab, who was the only dissenting vote, said he did not believe the savings would be substantial, and questioned why an attorney would take a pay cut to run for county attorney. He also said that con-solidation was not necessary to improve services.
“Why couldn't they provide better services with what they have,” said Schwab. “They could have done this without even having to vote on it if they just wanted to work together.” The court approved sending a reso
lution and proposal to the Texas Legislature to consolidate offices effective Sept. I. Casteel said it is uncertain if the legislation will pass with a 4-1 vote from commissioners court. Waldrip said without the Legislature’s approval, the two offices w ill continue to function independently.
"I think at that point, we would have a mandate from the Legislature that those two offices will operate separately,” said Waldrip.
Even if the Legislature passes the consolidation plan, the county will have the option to change the structure again in four years.
“I’m going to be watching,” said Casteel. “And. if it doesn’t work, it’s in there that we can go back.”
More frigid weather hits area
By DAVID DEKUNDER
New Braunfelsen will have to bundle up again as another cold front blows through the city.
Although this front is not expected to bring any icy conditions, it will cause residents to shiver and stay inside.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Roy Pringle said temperatures
will reach in the low 30s today w ith w inds of 15 to 20 mph.
The forecast calls for cloudy and cold conditions with a 30 percent chance of light snow Tonight, temperatures will dip into the 20s with a chance of snow Saturday, there will be a chance of snow in the morning with temperatures hovering iii the 20s.
Pringle said by Saturday afternoon things will warm up a hit.
“There will be a decreasing cloudiness,'’ Pringle said. “We should sec the sun rise Saturday afternoon with a high in the mid- to upper 40s " Sunday, the forecast calls tor partly cloudy skies with lows in the upper 20s and Inglis iii the mid- to upper 50s.
High-speed chase leads to arrest .
By ABE LEVY
Infrastructure board supports 337-Landa connector
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The city’s Infrastructure Improvement Corporation on Thursday threw its support behind a proposal plan to build a roadway on an abandoned railroad track which would connect Loop 337 to Lamia Street.
The corporation boaid voted unanimously to show its support for a plan being supported by McKenna Hospital President and CEO Johnny Johnson.
McKenna Hospital has submitted the proposal to the Infrastructure Improvement C orporation.
Johnson had asked the board fix’ their support at its last meeting in October.
Corporation board President Bruce Boyer said since the board had not received any cost estimates on the proposed roadway that the board was not ready to allocate any money for the project yet.
But Boyer said the board should encourage McKenna Hospital to look at and study the plan further.
“It is hard to deny the benefits the project will have,” Boyer said. “Obviously this is very preliminary Are they looking for allocations or for encour-
agement? I think they arc looking for encouragement.”
The 2.5 mile railroad track the proposed roadway would he built on is owned by Union Pacific Railroad The track has not been used for about eight years
Board member Bill Havard asked City Engineer C A. Bolner what estimate he had heard concerning the roadway.
Bolner said he had heard a figure of $20 million, which would be to build a four-lane roadway.
“I have a hard tune putting money in
a project dial has not been researched," Havard said Johnson believes the roadway would improve access between Lamia Street and (irucne and the city’s tourist spots and business district.
Havard said he was worried that there were no details for the project Boyer said the plan deserves careful consideration by both the McKenna Memorial Hospital Board and the Infrastructure Improvement Corporation “We believe this is a worthwhile project which needs more study and we want to see the plans,” Boyer said
A Comal County Sheriffs deputy arrested a Euless man early Thursday morning after a high-speed chase on west Comal highways ended when the vehicle crashed on the side of Park Road 31.
Deputy Wayne Lehman attempted to stop a 1996 Chevrolet along Highway 46 near U S. Highway 281 at about 4 a m.
The vehicle was headed north ami speeding in excess of 90 mph. Patrol I t. David (i ()tf said The driver, Terce Kocsha Daniel, 26. did not stop, police said, and then proceeded to weave into the south bound lanes until he finally crashed after the 10-minute ordeal Ott said Daniel was arrested on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, a second-degree felony, and endangering a child, a first-degree felony. A two-year-old was with Daniel during the chase and did not suffer any injuries, Ott said.
Daniel suffered minor head injuries and was taken to McKenna Memorial I lospital where he was treated and released the same day.
Daniel, whom Ott said also had a San Antonio address, is in custody ai the Comal County Jail and had not been magistrates! as of press tune.Big cable companies dump on small markets. Page 4A.